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It’s been awhile.. a long while

2 Dec

I realize it has been quite awhile since I have posted anything.  Things have been busy and I’ve let this slip and I regret it.  So, here’s a quick post about things happening around Keegan’s Kaps.

First and foremost, THIS (see below) has been occupying a large amount of our time.

We are very excited to be expanding our family and plan on welcoming a little baby girl in April.  Keegan is going to make such great big brother.  He can’t stop talking about all the things he is planning on teaching his new baby sister.

Recently I have been very busy making kaps.  I have participated in 2 holiday boutiques.  Both were quite sucessful.  The sucess of the boutiques has reenergized my kap making and has inspired me with many new designs.  Pictures to come soon.

I have also been working on a few new things as well.  I made my first felted item last week. Felted Slippers!  I’m so excited to have some time to try these out in smaller, cuter, kids sizes.  I’m also brainstorming an idea for men’s slippers.  I’ll keep you posted.

Last but not least, here is a cute little hat that I made prior to Halloween.  I think these kaps would make adorable photo props for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

 

Square it Up!

4 Apr

 I don’t think I told you this, but I have another boutique coming up.  It is THIS week!  I am very excited to have been asked to participate in this boutique.  It features items made from Vintage Buttons.  I am one of only 3 artists that will be participating.  My good friend Stephanie from Keeko’s closet and Bloomz is one of the other featured vendors.  I just LOVE her handcrafted Bloomz.  They are the perfect addition to a hat, scarf, or just worn in your hair.  Check out a very small sampling of her work here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Keekoscloset in her Etsy shop.  I’m excited to see her newest stuff.  She has promised selections from her original collection as well as some new exciting designs that I can’t wait to see.

The other participant is the sister of our host.  I haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, but I have done a little reconnaissance work with the world-wide web.  I found her Etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ButtonWillowJewelry  I have to be honest when I say, I’m a little scared that I might spend all of my profit from the boutique on her beautiful earrings.  I especially like the handcrafted earring stand…. If only I had enough earring to necessitate a stand.  I guess that problem may solve itself later this week.

So, needless to say, I have busy again creating a bunch of hats for this event.  I have been working hard at making some more spring like styles to suit the amazing weather we have been having lately. 

After much thought, I decided I needed to find a reliable way to accept credit card payments for my hats.  Credit cards just seem to be what most people choose to carry these days, which means me not being able to accept them limits my business.  So, I did a little internet research and found the perfect solution.

Meet the Square:

This little white square contraption attached to the iphone is a credit card reader.  It, along with its fancy app for my iphone will easily allow me to process credit and debit card payments at any time.  I can’t wait to try it out at the boutique.  I did a test run and charged myself $1.00.  It went through perfectly using the wifi at my house, but the thing works great on 3g coverage as well.  Once the card has been slid through the device, the customer signs their name directly on my phone.  Then, they can choose to have a receipt emailed or texted to themselves. 

I’m very excited for this new technology.  Even more excited by the price of this little gadget. FREE!  That’s right, once I signed up online, Square shipped this little bugger out to my house for free!  I didn’t have to pay for a thing.  Even the app download was free.  There are fees for using it, however, they are minimal and seem to be right on target with the other credit card readers out there.

If you live around the area and are looking for something to do this Friday, or Saturday, please come out and say hello.  The details are below:

 

68 hours in the dark

22 Mar

A few weeks ago we had a very large storm at our house.  According to some locals who have lived here their whole life, it was the most snow they have seen in 10 years.  Keep in mind, we live in California, at 3000 ft. elevation, so we aren’t talking about real large amounts of snow.  About 18 inches to be exact.  But, 18 inches is quite a lot when you aren’t accostmed to anything more than a few inches here and there.  That being said, this major storm brought with it more than just snow.  Wind and rain joined us for the party.  Thursday night around 7 the satellite t.v. went out because there was too much snow on the dish.  While this is an inconvienence, it isn’t insurmountable becuase we have  DVR with plenty of recorded shows ready and waiting.  Phil headed down to the the Colfax Firehouse to volunteer for what proved to be a very long night.  I snuggled up on the couch, with a fire, the DVR, and some yarn to make a new hat.  Phil made it back around 10 p.m.  He was there no more than 2 minutes when his pager went off again and he headed right back into the thick of it.  The call was for a tree into a powerline.  Little did I know that would be the start to our 68 hours in the dark.

We lost power at 11:02.  I was heading to bed anyways.  It was still heavily snowing.  

The next morning I woke up alone, still with no power.  Phil was still out working calls with the firehouse and our power was still out.  It wasn’t too big of a deal.  Phil came home tired and cold so and we spent most of the day relaxing by the fire.  We figured the power would be on again soon since the storm seemed to be letting up.

By Saturday  morning everything had changed.  We woke up to the following!

The inside of our house was 48 degrees!  At this point we knew we needed to do something.  So, we went up to my parents house, who live next door.  They have a generator and were happily flaunting their power, no pun intended.  They had electricity, hot water, tv, and even enough power to run their computer and the internet!  It was almost like Disneyland.  We basked in the warth and enjoyed some warm showers.

By now the weather had completely cleared up and it was actually starting to get warm outside.  Although this was a welcome change, we had to get busy relocating our refridgerator items before too much damage was done.

This became our makeshift refrigderator.  Since the front of the house doesn’t see much sun at all the ice chest worked perfectly.  We packed it with snow and it worked great.

Once the perishables were taken care of, it was time to have a little fun.

Snow baseball was fun, but Keegan didn’t last too long as it was approaching his naptime. Since he had no problem with the cold and took his nap as normal, I decided to have a little fun with the snow on the driveway. 

Snowboarding down the driveway was pretty inspiring.  Despite the fact we were really starting to get annoyed by the lack of power, we decided to have a positive attitude and get creative for dinner that night.  We used a lighter to light the burners on our stove and Phil made some tortellini soup.  While the soup was cooking we had Coke slushies! 

With all the snow around, it was a genius idea.

Once we got the soup going, we realized it needed something to ‘spice’ it up.  Just a bowl of soup sounded a little bland.  Plus, we were feeling inspired with our caffine infused coke slushies kicking in.  We had the great idea to try ‘parmesean crisps’.  Basically you melt a pile of parmesean into a thin, yet deliscous, little crisp. 

The crispy parmesean ‘crackers’ were the perfect addition.  They even tasted great all on their own.  After dinner we put Keegan to bed and had played a few games of Yatzee by candlelight.

We woke up Sunday morning to an even colder house.  47 degrees inside was more than we could handle.  At that point we evacuated and headed for warmer ground – church followed by “The Golden Arches”.  The power remained out the entire day!  We spent a lot of time with my parents, but brought Keegan home to now really cold house for his nap.  He didn’t seem to mind the cold and took his normal nap.  I needed to keep warm so sat by the fire and created these cute little booties for a friend who is having a baby girl this week.

Then I used the same pattern to make a pair for a little boy.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these,  but I really like how they turned out.

As the weekend grew to a close and the thought of returning to work on Monday morning with the power still being out was starting to become a reality.  Much to our delight, the power came back on at around 7 p.m.  It was invited in by whoops and hollers from us and the firing of a shotgun from one of our lovely neighbors (not my parents).  Despite the extreme inconvience and small loss of produce, all and all being without power for 68 hours wasn’t the worst thing ever.  It surely made us appreciate a hot shower and the ease of a microwave.  It also prompted us to get serious about purchasing a generator to be more prepared for the next power outage.   Maybe we will us the money we will recieve from PG&E as compensation for our inconvience.  Maybe not since it will only be &25.00.

Winter Wonderland

19 Feb

Living at 3000 ft. elevation in Northern California definitely has some advantages.  We have property, we don’t have neighbors right next door peering in on our every move, we have that small town feel, and best of all, occasionally, we get to wake up to mornings like this.

We only get snow a couple of times each year so it is pretty exciting to wake up and see the back deck looking as it did this morning.  Although we haven’t had much snow at our house, we are only 45 minutes away from the local ski resorts.  That being said, last weekend we took Keegan up to try out skiing for his first time.  We didn’t have many expectations seeing as he is barely 2 (25.5 months to be exact).  We stopped to get some boots for him before heading to the slopes.  He was NOT a fan of the boots!  He cried inconsolably as we buckled his feet into them.  We pressed on, determined to at least make it to the resort, but figuring we would set foot on the snow just to turn around and take our unhappy toddler back home and back into normal shoes.  Upon arriving at the ski resort, we were pleasantly surprised, the crying had given way to actual excitement.  The first thing Keegan said as the ski lift came into view was, “I want to play up there”.  Hope was renewed.

He changed from a crying toddler to an eager kid that really wanted to ski.  We took him up to the bunny hill to start.  We didn’t bring any ski equipment or clothing for ourselves as we figured our day at the slopes wouldn’t be a long one.

I snapped a few quick pictures of Keegan with the skis on, since I wasn’t sure how long he would tolerate them.  This one has my husband Phil and Keegan together.  Phil and I took turns riding up the ‘magic carpet’ with Keegan as he ‘skied’ down.  HE LOVED IT!  He did not cry once during the entire 2 hours of skiing.  He saved the crying for when we had to stop to eat some lunch and for when we told him it was time to leave.   

Here he is in action.  He wasn’t moving very fast, and the hill wasn’t that steep, but he is 2 and he was skiing and he loved it.  You have to keep things in perspective here.

All in all, the day was a complete success!  I can’t wait to take him back and actually ride the lift with him.  It will be a whole different ball game when he can pick up some real speed.  Phil is going to have to take one for the team and ski Keegan between his legs since I haven’t actually skied in years and I don’t know how it would work with me on a snowboard and Keegan on skis.  It will be an adventure for sure!

After the sun reappeared today, we went out and played in the 4 inches of wonderful white stuff that had accumulated on the deck.  This was the fruit of our labor.

Frosty is modeling one of my newest designs.  A wrap over style that has 3 vintage buttons on one side.

I think I got a little carried away, but I really like using Frosty as a model this afternoon.

 

 

 

Tragedy Averted

4 Feb

Good News!  Yesterday I located Keegan’s previously ‘lost’ kap!  It went with his dirty clothes through the washer and dryer before making a reappearance.  Good News is that it survived the trip without incident and is now softer than ever.  Here is Keegan showing off the freshly laundered garment.

 

I seriously LOVE this hat, almost as much as the little guy wearing it.  Okay, not really, but I do think this kap is great and I sorta want to make an adult sized version in my size. 

Whew!

2 Feb

The boutique was a lot of work, but I was really pleased with how it went.  I sold about 1/2 of the hats that I prepared, but more importantly, I got a lot of positive feedback.  I had my first special order.  A hat for a 9 yr. old with a matching hat for her American Girl doll.  It was fun to make something so specific.  I delievered the completed hats today, so I’m excited to hear how they liked them. 

Tonight I spent some time with what I think might be my new best friend: Etsy.  I got my Etsy shop up and running with 7 listed hats.  At this point I am only listing hats I actually have, not hats I can make.   I looked at several other shops selling similar items and I noticed they just list a generic photo of their products and then make them to order.  I think that is a good idea, but I’m not there yet.  At this point I am only comfortable listing things I already have made.  We will see how the 7 items do.

Here is a link to my Etsy shop page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/keeganskaps

Check it out if you get a chance.

I made a super awesome hat for Keegan this past weekend!  As he continues to grow, I find I need to keep updating his kaps.  He wore it to the Home and Garden Expo we went to on Sunday.  We had a really great time looking at all the awesome stuff you can do with your landscaping……however we made one vital error.  We forgot the stroller, forgot the backpack, forgot a leash (j/k I don’t condone the use of dog supplies on your children) we somehow forgot any sort of restraint system.  Which, as I’m sure you can imagine led to a very LONG day.  Keegan didn’t want to hold hands while walking, he wanted to run around like a banshee.  He wanted to run circles around us, which makes trying to get through a crowded exhibition hall a little difficult to say the least.  He didn’t want to be held. (read – wiggly, jiggly, octopus) The only consolation we could find was the dum-dum lollipops several of the vendors had out.  Those very well may have been our saving grace.  With lollipop in mouth, Keegan would happily sit on Phil or my shoulders indefinitely.  Today I attempted to locate the kap I mentioned at the start of this story…. It is no where to be found.  I’m pretty sure we lost it in all the chaos of our adventure on Sunday.  I’m pretty bummed, but I know I can just make another.  The part that makes me the most sad is not that we lost it.  I’m actually pretty excited at the prospect of someone else finding the hat and loving it.  I’m most sad that I don’t have any sort of tag or label on there to refer them back here.  So, that being said,  my next big buisness purchase will be some sort of sew-in labels for all my kaps.  I’m reaserching ideas now, but I’m not 100% sold on anything I’ve found.

And now for a quick photo. 

This little hat was a special request from a co-worker.  I really love how it turned out and will definitely be making some more just like it.  I plan on making more for the boutique show I’m a vendor at in March.  Yes, you read that right.  I was asked to do another boutique show!  It is in March, so I have a little time to prepare myself.

I can’t believe it is time for the boutique already!

26 Jan

I have been so busy preparing for the boutique on Friday, I’ve completely forgotten to blog about my progress.  I have made a TON of progress and am proud to say that I have competed about 30 kaps and 10 headbands.  I’m really excited for the many new styles and ideas.

Here are some of the headbands I created.  I really like the red, white, and blue one.  Perfect for this 4th of July festivities this summer.  I can’t wait to see some of my friends little girls sporting it. 

I made a bunch of new kaps as well.  This is just a small sampling of them.

This brown hat’s buttons are vintage.  They came from a coat my mom had in high school. 

I’m not a big pink, flower, lovey, dovey kind of gal.  So, this black and hot pink valentines beanie is right up my alley.  In my mind hot pink with black says ‘punk rock’, but the heart makes it just the right amount of festive.

I love the flower on this blue kap because it makes me think of Hawaii.  I wish I were in Hawaii now.  I mean seriously though, who doesn’t wish they were perpetually in Hawaii?

This grey kap is probably one of my all-time favorites.  I love the color because grey goes with everything.  I love the 3 mis-matched vintage buttons.  But, most of all, what you can’t get from this photo is how unbelievable soft this kap is.  It is like wearing a brand-new comfy sock on your head…..but not so weird and much more fashionable. 

 These 2 kaps feature more of the hibiscus-style flowers that I’m in love with right now.

This is a little girls kap that I made especially for the valentines theme of the boutique.

This red kap is one I call “The Perfect Fit”.  It fits snugly on my noggin.  I totally  love it and would consider keeping it for myself if I didn’t already have so many hats.

Last but certainly not least is this adorable little kap I made with some extra yarn from some adult styles.  This kap is perfect for newborn pictures of a little boy.  I find it hard to believe that  Keegan’s head would have ever fit into something that small, but I know it would have.

 

I’m both excited and nervous for the boutique.  I can’t wait to get some more feedback on all my hard work.  I just hope some other people love these things as much as I do.